A Winter Getaway Guide For People Looking For Exercise, Adventure and Local Food Finds in Boone, NC
Last May, I went to Boone, NC for the first time and absolutely fell in love with the area. The people are so kind, the views are amazing and there are plenty of things to do for anything you are in the mood for! Last weekend, David and I went to Boone for a long weekend and went hiking, exploring and found a great brewery in the area we hadn’t checked out yet. When we were driving back, the thought popped in my head to pull all of my favorite things to do in the area together and provide you with a getaway guide I know you will enjoy!
If you’re heading into town on a Friday and won’t be getting in until around dinner time, I suggest two different options for how to spend your first night in the area. If you’re staying in an AirBnB or Vacation Rental, head on over to Lowe’s Grocery Store and pick up some groceries and things to cook for dinner. If you’re staying in a hotel or are in the mood to grab some takeout, check out Capone’s Pizza! If you are in the mood for a local brew and grabbing a bite to eat out in the area, stop in to the Appalachian Mountain Brewery. They have an awesome variety of beer as well as a food truck that offers gourmet pizza and other items.
Favorite Place to Stay: AirBnB Tiny House
Favorite Pizza: Pizza with grilled chicken, banana peppers and mushrooms
Favorite Appalachian Mountain Brewery Beer: Boone Creek Blonde Ale
Before heading out for a day full of adventure, grabbing a breakfast sandwich from Boone Bagelry is a must! My favorite bagel from there is the Everything Bagel with Lox, Cream Cheese, Red Onions and Capers on it! If you’re in a hurry, make sure to call in your order; the lines can get long on the weekends! After picking up some breakfast, drive over to Grandfather Mountain where you can test your comfort level with heights by walking across the mile high bridge. You can take a scenic drive to the top of the mountain and can also listen along to the CD that comes with your entry into the mountain, which highlights some of the mountain’s history. After walking across the steel bridge and taking in the amazing views, if you’re feeling up to it, take a hike at Hawksbill Mountain. When you GPS the trail head, don’t be alarmed when the directions lead you to a gravel road; you are in the right place! Just keep driving until you see the signs for the trail. The hike is about 2 miles round trip, and worth every minute! The view at the top is amazing.
After climbing, conquering and then hiking back down the mountain, grab a cold beer and side of brussels sprouts from Booneshine Brewing. During the winter months, they have a fire pit going outside!
Favorite Appetizer: Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Favorite Brew: Tropicpale Ale
If you are still looking to explore, head on over to the town of Blowing Rock and walk around their main street. There are a bunch of cute boutiques and shoppes where you can either window shop or pick up a gift or two (for other people or for yourself)! The Blowing Rock Market & Wine Shop has live music in it if you‘re looking to listen to a few local artists.
To finish out the day, call and make a reservation for dinner at the Gamekeeper. This restaurant is an intimate, fancy oasis nestled in the middle of the woods. In 2019, it was voted as one of the top 100 most romantic restaurants in America.
To finish out your weekend, go to Troy’s 105 Diner (it’s David’s favorite) for Sunday brunch and then take a walk around The Greenway Trail before heading out of town. On your way out of town, try and spend a few miles of your route on the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is a beautiful place to take photos!
P.S.—In the coming months, be on the lookout for a Summer getaway guide!